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Friday 18 August 2017

Alleged car thief is charged with raft of motoring offences

Thomas McConnell at court
Thomas McConnell at court

A man has appeared in court charged with various offences following the theft of a car in Dublin.

Thomas McConnell (30), from Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun, appeared at a District Court sitting in the city yesterday.

The defendant was stopped by gardai in the car at Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, last October.

Stolen

He appeared in Dublin District Court, which was sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday, before Judge Cormac Dunne.

Among the charges against him by the State are the unauthorised taking of a vehicle, handling stolen property and not having valid insurance on October 29

McConnell is also charged with using a car with no NCT, not producing an NCT, having no driving licence, failure to produce a driver's licence, non-display of an insurance disc and having no road tax on the same date.

He was arrested by garda Ciaran Kennedy of Santry Garda Station in north Dublin.

No details of McConnell's response when charged were mentioned in court.

It has not yet been decided in what court the case will be held.

McConnell did not apply for legal aid.

McConnell was told the case would be adjourned until May 12, while the court would seek direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether it will be heard there or in the Circuit Court.

Sentences

If the case is heard in the Circuit Court, the available sentences are higher than a district court sentence - where a maximum jail term of two years is available to the presiding judge.

Wearing a grey zipped hoodie, blue trousers and blue shoes, McConnell did not speak during the short hearing.

He was granted continuing bail and left the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street immediately after his appearance before Judge Dunne.

The brief hearing, which was up for mention, lasted just two minutes.

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